The BBC is promising that series three of The Musketeers shakes the team of swordsmen’s values to the core, changing their allegiance to the crown and turning their personal lives upside down as they even begin to question their loyalty to each other.
Although the Beeb has still yet to confirm airdate this suddenly eruption of publicity material must mean the series premiere is imminent. Luke Pasqualino (D’Artagnan), Tom Burke (Athos), Howard Charles (Porthos) and Santiago Cabrera (Aramis) are all back in action with Rupert Everett joining the cast as new bad guy Phillipe Feron.
After four years, a war-torn Paris has become a powder keg ready to explode. Refugees have flocked to the city in search of sanctuary. Food is scarce. Black market profiteering is rife. But the city’s governor, Phillipe Feron is only too happy to exploit it all for his own ends with the support of his Red Guard thugs and the amoral gangster Lucien Grimaud (Matthew McNulty).
Minister Treville’s (Hugo Speer) repeated attempts to draw the King’s gaze to the crisis unfolding all around him have failed, but when the Musketeers briefly return from the war, he sees an opportunity.
Ordered to the heart of this simmering urban precinct, the Musketeers are charged with preventing catastrophe, but they still have their own battles to fight. Aramis did not join the Musketeers on the battlefield due to his decision to enter a monastery. Despite D’Artagnan’s obvious joy at returning home to Constance, both have been irrevocably changed by war. Athos has uneasily taken the mantle of Captain of the Musketeers, a position that comes under threat when he meets disarming revolutionary Sylvie. Meanwhile, Porthos’s battlefield exploits have made him a hero, but he no longer feels he belongs in an almost unrecognisable Paris…